Core Kitten Vaccinations (FVRCP & Rabies)
All kittens should receive a vaccination that protects against feline rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia (FVRCP). These three conditions are highly contagious airborne illnesses that can potentially be fatal in a kitten with a developing immune system. Calicivirus is one of the most common viral causes of feline upper respiratory infections. Panleukopenia (the P in FVRCP), also called feline distemper, can lead to death in 90 percent of cases in kittens under 6 months of age and reason the FVRCP vaccine is so important. The vaccination schedule for FVRCP begins between: 6–8 weeks old, or when you get your new cat/kitten. Booster shots are given: Every 3–4 weeks after. Last FVRCP booster vaccine given: at 16–20 weeks old. *3 total FVRCP vaccines are given with 3-4 weeks in-between each dose*
Rabies is the other core kitten vaccination. Rabies is a fatal disease that can affect not only cats but also many other animals, including humans. Your kitten can receive a rabies vaccination as early as 12 weeks of age, but this depends on state laws and the veterinarian.
Non-Core Kitten Vaccinations
Non-core kitten vaccinations include feline leukemia (FeLV), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), Chlamydophila felis, and feline Giardia vaccines.
The FeLV vaccine is recommended by some veterinarians for all kittens, while others recommend the vaccine only for those kittens at risk of disease. The decision should be based on your pet’s lifestyle and a discussion with your vet.
SHOT CLINIC’S: Here is a local shot clinic in Volusia County: Concerned Citizens Shot Clinic. Through CCFAW, their vaccines are at great prices and administered by a veterinarian. We always recommend calling ahead to get prices at other shot clinics. Not all are reasonably priced.